University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the fourth-largest of the 17-constituent University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. The university comprises seven professional colleges and currently offers 17 doctoral programs, 59 master’s degree programs and 85 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees. Enrollment exceeds 21,500 students.
- UNC Charlotte's Department of Biology invested $2 million in tenured and tenure-track faculty with federally funded research in areas including immunology, physiology, molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, cancer biology, liver biology and environmental toxicology
- Charlotte Biotechnology Conference held on campus each year
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) opened a new $26.9 million Health Careers Building early 2010, to meet the growing demands for allied health professionals statewide
- Facility will bring nine allied-health and nursing programs under one roof
- Courses will train medical support personnel such as surgical technicians, dental hygienists and respiratory therapists
- Nearly 400 students enrolled in allied-health programs; 200 enrolled in nursing programs
Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) was originally conceived as a partnership between UNC Charlotte and the corporate and entrepreneurial communities of the region. The campus consists of several centers of concentration, including:
- Center for eBusiness Technology Institute
- Center for Precision Metrology
- Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications
- Center for Bioinformatics
- Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC)
N.C. BioNetwork provides support to the North Carolina Community College System in workforce training and education for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries. The program trains at all levels of industry, and provides curriculum at these community colleges in Charlotte USA:
- Central Piedmont Community College – Biotechnology, Horticulture Technology
- Catawba Valley Community College – Biotechnology, Horticulture Technology
- Cleveland Community College – Biotechnology
- Gaston College – Biomedical Equipment Technology, Biotechnology
- Mitchell Community College – Biotechnology
- Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – Agricultural Biotechnology, Biotechnology
- South Piedmont Community College – Biomedical Equipment Technology, Biotechnology
- Stanly Community College – Biomedical Equipment Technology
The BioWork course (process technician training) offered by the community colleges, provides basic training for entry-level process technicians in the bioprocess, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing industries. In 2005, more than 800 students completed BioWork and more than 1,400 two-year biotechnology-related degrees were awarded.
In the past 10 years, North Carolina and South Carolina Community College systems were continually ranked among the top 10 State Training Programs each year by Expansion Management magazine. State workforce training programs offer employers workforce development programs ranging from recruitment assistance to worker training.
There are 10 community colleges that provide instruction to 130,000+ students annually, and CPCC is the largest of those institutions.
Schools with Biotechnology and Related Programs